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from the NY Post,
“We don’t want the Rangers in the playoffs,” Jersey Jimmy Dowd declared yesterday, prepping for the Devils’ return match at the Garden tonight.
It’s a distinctly uncharitable sentiment toward a team that is threatening to miss the playoffs for the eighth season in nine. The Rangers need help, and the Devils are only willing to help them miss again. Seven other teams will make the Eastern playoffs. Dowd prefers anyone else, just not the Rangers.
“That team’s a scary team. If they get on a roll, you don’t want to play them,” Dowd said.
from Bob Mutszak at DallasStars.com,
“I’ve always loved the Canadiens jersey and colors,” he said. “I think just about every boy in Quebec wore that jersey growing up, pretending he was a Hab.”
It is that fantasy feeling that helps drive kids and adults alike to their local pro shop to buy the jerseys of their favorite hockey teams and players, displaying their chic new garb like a proud parent.
“Jerseys are real popular with hockey fans because they can wear their team’s logo on their chest,” Stars winger Matthew Barnaby said. “You can’t say that for every sport, so that’s unique to hockey. They also can support the guys because the players’ names are on the back, and the numbers are big.”
from the AP via Sports Illustrated,
Carolina left wing Erik Cole is expected to miss at least two weeks with a hip injury.
The team announced on its Web site Wednesday that Cole could miss up to four weeks after tearing a muscle near his hip.
via Hadley On Sports,
Both Bill Guerin and Keith Tkachuk have been informed they will in fact be dealt in the very near future.
I write because many readers are under the impression that there is a chance that one or both could be retained.
That certainly isn’t the case… management has told both unequivocally they will be dealt.
Kevin Allen was just on Detroit radio and said he doesn’t see the “sellers” lowering their trade demands.
Could we see a lack of deals if what Kevin says is true, or will a team bit the bullet and go for it.
Kevin also mentioned the trade talk of Souray coming to Detroit is a joke. Not sure where that came from, but I agree 100%.
from John McGourty at NHL.com,
“When we’re in the offensive zone, he goes right to his ‘office,’ which is the front of the net. I think that Ryan Smyth in Edmonton and Holmstrom are the two best players in the NHL in front of the net, tipping pucks, bothering the goalie and setting a screen.
“Every day at practice, Holmstrom spends 5-to-10 minutes in front of the net, just tipping pucks as guys are shooting. He’s done that ever since he got to Detroit over 10 years ago. Rarely does a puck come in that he doesn’t get a stick on it. The other thing he does is he has an unbelievable ability to screen a goalie. He’s not afraid to get hit with the puck or take a crosscheck. He sacrifices his body.”
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Toronto GM John Ferguson believes the log-jam will break and it will break sooner than later.
“I do still think you’re going to see some movement. A fair bit of movement,” Ferguson said. “There are a number of top guys on defined seller teams that just haven’t fallen yet. But I think that’ll come, and I think it’ll come soon. I think you’ll see trades coming on the weekend. Teams prefer not to get jammed right up to Tuesday.”
The issue, for all teams, is risk versus reward.
Vincent Lecavalier particpiated in an NHL tele-conference today… Vince leads Tampa Bay and sits second in overall National Hockey League scoring with 81 points, trailing Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby who is first with 95. Vince’s 39 goals place him first in the race for the Maurice Richard Trophy as the National Hockey League’s top goal scorer this season.
Q. I was looking at your stats earlier in the season, and you had a bit of a rough patch in November, but ever since then you’ve been red hot. Any reason for that?
VINCENT LECAVALIER: I don’t know, I think I started playing with Marty St. Louis and Prospal, and just playing with Marty St. Louis, it just kind of makes things so much easier. I mean, he’s such a determined player and he’s very demanding of his line mates and his teammates, and I think I started getting a little more consistent. We’ve really been pushing each other, and it’s been working very well.
Q. You have 39 goals right now, career?high. What do you think is the number it’s going to take to lead the league in goal scoring this year?
VINCENT LECAVALIER: (Laughing) I don’t know. I mean, there’s some guys like Selanne, like Marty St. Louis, they’re obviously scoring a lot of goals. There’s still 20 games left, and I’m sure some guys will go on hot streaks. But I just want to finish strong. We’ve got 21 games left and I want to finish strong. You know, if it happens, it happens. It would be great, but my main goal is obviously for Tampa to win and to be ?? to win our division.
from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,
The Buzz: The GMs want the league to consider providing on-ice officials with a direct line to the “war room” in Toronto and give them access to video replays.
The BACKHAND:...In the immoral words of Clarence Campbell, stupefy, stupefy, stupefy, err, we mean simplify, simplify, simplify. Nothing looks dumber than a referee on hold with Ernestine while some faceless guy back at corporate makes a call that should be made at the point of origin, the goal judge (remember him?). Look, your call is very important to us, make it where it matters most, in house.
from the Calgary Sun,
Count Eric Godard as one player happy the NHL finally appears ready to tweak its instigator rule.
The Calgary Flames policeman, however, would like to see the league take a giant step further.
In fact, he’d like to see the penalty erased from the rulebooks, using the recent hit on teammate David Moss as an example.
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